Murphy to miss Leinster final

June 30, 2014

Kilkenny keeper Eoin Murphy. INPHO
An elbow injury is set to rule Kilkenny goalkeeper Eoin Murphy out of next Sunday's Leinster SHC final against Dublin.

Murphy was forced off after only seven minutes of Saturday evening's replay victory over Galway in Tullamore after sustaining the injury in the act of saving an Andy Smith shot. He was replaced by David Herity, who is expected to continue between the posts against the Dubs.

Kilkenny manager Brian Cody has also indicated that the provincial decider will come too soon for Richie Power and Michael Fennelly, who are currently sidelined with knee and back injuries respectively.

"Eoin's injury is a hyper extension of the elbow. He is probably going to be out for a few weeks," Cody explained.

"Highly unlikely for Michael Fennelly and not a hope Richie Power will be back."

Cody expects the two games to stand to his side as they bid to regain the Bob O'Keeffe Cup after a two-year lapse.

"We haven't won a Leinster final for the last two years. It's not a question of owing Dublin at all - we owe ourselves. Regardless of who we are playing, we try to win," he continued.

"I've no problem with three games in three weeks. There is no sense that it's going to be hard for us to do that - it won't be hard to do that in the slightest. Our lads were flying at the end of the game the same as if they could have kept going forever.

"Brian Hogan got a ball near the end and was just driving forward. So tiredness doesn't come into it or anything."

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